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Jt, Home Buyer in Bernal Heights, San...

What are people thinking about Bernal these days? Everyone says its the next Noe but Im not too sure.

Asked by Jt, Bernal Heights, San Francisco, CA Fri Mar 27, 2009

Id love to hear peoples thoughts (especially regarding the renovation of the library, streets, etc.) Thanks!

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Bernal is great for many reasons...Like Noe, the weather is awesome. Bernal is close to the freeway so this can shorten your commute, close proximity to many parks, mission district, downtown and Bart. Even in today's market you get more for your money in Bernal - both areas have lots of single family homes with yards. Parking is much easier in Bernal, and the windy curvy roads make it extra charming. I agree with the previous post regarding Bernal Hill, which is great for dogs and views of the city. Both areas are community / family oriented, however Noe has more shopping / restaurant options. Hope this helps
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Jt--Yes, everyone was calling Bernal the new Noe several years ago. What Bernal does have are many smaller, yet charming homes at more affordable prices; a useful retail district featuring a lot of restaurants and shops; and reasonable proximity to public transportation in the form of buses. It is a great walking neighborhood, though south of Cortland closer to the Alemany projects tends to be a little less desirable.

Bernal is a bit further removed from things, and this is based on feedback I've heard from buyer clients. It is a hike to the rail lines, but has excellent 280 and 101 access. And the weather is superior. You can divide Bernal into several parts; the north slope above Cortland tends to be the most popular. Less so for the east slope, which is much further from Cortland.

Bernal has a more urban feel due to its proximity to the Mission. That being said, proximity to the Mission restaurants and shops is a plus. I'll take Emmy's Spaghetti Shack, the Front Porch, or El Rio any night.
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The clients that have liked Bernal Heights seem to really like it. They fall in love with the character of the neighborhood. It feels very San Franciscan and isn't quite as well-known as Noe Valley and is tucked away a bit more. The weather is great and there is a vibrant commercial area. There are some great homes on the market right now, many with excellent prices. Financing hit rock bottom this past week too.

Shaban Shakoori
TRI Coldwell Banker, SF's #1 Office
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 29, 2009
Hi JT,

I think Bernal is very different from Noe Valley in a few subtle ways.

I’d recommend either taking a tour with your Realtor or on your own to explore the nuances. Each neighborhood has a little something different to offer.

As a dog owner, I personally love the dog park at the top of Bernal Hill. Amazing 360 degree city views and plenty of space for one’s dog to romp. Cortland Ave. offers great shops/restaurants including Martha Bros. Coffee (also located in Noe), Liberty Café (famous for pot pies) and Wild Side West (a dog friendly, neighborhood hangout).

Homes here are somewhat more affordable than Noe & perhaps a bit more quirky/personalized. The narrow streets can be a challenge for both driving and parking. One client refused to look at Bernal properties because he hated the narrow streets. Some parts of Bernal are more desirable than others (IE: some homes are closer to the freeway).

http://www.sfgate.com/neighborhoods/sf/bernalheights/

Then there is Noe Valley, land of more shopping, restaurants and expensive homes. Noe seems to always be in demand for both renters and home buyers. NV is where some buyers dream of purchasing but end up settling in other more affordable neighborhoods.

http://www.sfgate.com/neighborhoods/sf/noevalley/

It comes down to a lifestyle choice between the two areas & what one is looking for in a community.
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